It’s Sunday so it’s time to look at what was happening on the blog a year ago. The most exciting thing for me to see was that this was the week last year when I put out a call for stories asking people to share how crochet had helped them with healing for a new book I wanted to write. I got lots of great stories and information and now the book is ready and will be out next month!
I interviewed crochet artist Leslie Blackmon of the Baa-merica project
I was loving this marble tile by Antolini inspired by the design of doilies
I reviewed the book Kooky Crochet by Linda Kopp. It has fun projects and patterns as well as a gallery of work from different crochet artists. Kopp has written one other book specifically about crochet (Cool Crocheted Hats: 40 Contemporary Designs). She has also authored books on paper arts, jewelry making, quilting and knitting.
I also reviewed Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies. I eventually made what I wanted to make from this book and did a giveaway of it so someone else could enjoy the fun of it as well. I follow her blog regularly.
I wrote about how crocheters can use QR codes.
Tina Dean Designs made fabric-lined plarn wristlets for the Emmys
I did an overview of CordoBags, a fair trade organization selling crochet bags
Beyonce wore these twin outfits that everyone was saying were crochet but a closer look revealed that they probably were not. Beyonce has been spotted in real crochet since this time, though, even wearing a crochet swimsuit in a controversial advertisement. Some of the other celebrities spotted in crochet at this time included Nicola Roberts, Kristin Cavallari, and Kerry Katona. And there were still more crochet-covered celebrities, which happens because crochet always gets trendier in the warm months of the year.
Designer Issever Bahri featured crocheted leather at Berlin Fashion Week, including the piece above. Here are some of the newest Issever Bahri crochet pieces:
“My stitches were uneven, my grasp of pattern abbreviations a little slow, but it just felt right. I’d dabbled in other needlecrafts before, with some success. None of them felt as natural and easy as crochet.“ – FaveCrafts
“My life is a pattern in the making, stitch upon stitch, forming who I am and who I am meant to be.” – CrochetLady
If you were to ask me for the best way to treat any illness, I would answer without hesitation, “Yarn.” – StraightJacketKnitting
“There’s something in the hands. an itch to create. Your great-grandmother had it. So do you.” – Kerrie Barney
“If you see someone stitching in public, strike up a conversation about needlework. The time in the waiting room will go by so much more agreeably, and the art of conversation will be advanced.” - Ardeana Hamlin
“Kids get hooked on crochet for lots of reasons. What’s really cool is how their crochet skills carry them into the community.” - Betsy Greer
“When you look at a doily, what do you see? A curious piece of lace? A quaint decorative item from decades ago? An example of diligent women’s work? I see all that and more: a jewel-like design that combines beauty and mathematic complexity, a window into the minds of our needlework ancestors, and a clue to past lifestyles.” – Dora Ohrenstein
“I think it’s time to set my sights on new goals and higher aspirations in crochet as an art form. It is time to infect the internet and the world with global domination of the versatility, practicality and coolness of crochet. I seek a cro-pocalypse. A veritable domain of the hook, with zombie-like contagion and cult indoctrination – only without the blood, flesh craving and Kool-aid.” – Aberrant Crochet
I did a review of Loophole by Six Skeins as a yarn seller. About a month later I did a review of Mediterranean Mood yarn from this seller. And then I was honored when this seller was among the first sponsors for my monthly newsletter.
I also did a review of Malabrigo Worsted.
I also showed off some Purely Alpaca yarn that looked really nice. I had found them through an affiliate program and never ended up doing much with that but I stand by the lovely look of the yarn!
I wrote instructions for how to get free yarn on Listia. I still use this site to get free yarn although I don’t use it as much as I used to because my yarn stash is big enough right now.
And I shared my thoughts on a wonderful yarn store in Tucson called Grandma’s.
Here What I was Up to A Year Ago
I crocheted a cloche hat by Cute Crochet and reviewed the crochet pattern after I’d made it.
I made a list of 25 crochet hooks I wanted to try. In the end I haven’t liked many new hooks I try; I always default to basic Boye aluminum.
I continued to facilitate the Hookin’ Up crochet blog project.
Did you miss any of these posts last year? You can visit the originals using the links throughout this post.